There is no getting away from pollution. With many of us living in congested cities, we cannot escape from the smog and dust which seem to be everywhere. During the winter months particularly, many people suffer from worsening of their health and complaints of breathing problems, asthma, coughing, throat irritation, watery eyes and itchy skin problems increase. What can we do? Do we resign ourselves to this fate or can we still manage it the natural way? Read on
The dipping quality of air today
Atmospheric pollution is defined as ‘the presence of substances in the atmosphere, resulting from man-made activities or from natural processes, causing adverse effects to man and the environment’. Of all the prerequisites for health and happiness, clean air is one of the most important – and perhaps one that is so, easily taken for granted.Unfortunately, today many of us have to deal with bad quality of air particularly in big cities.
Air pollution can occur indoor or outdoor. Indoor pollution can occur due to household chemical cleaners, deodorant sprays, and synthetic furnishing, dust mites, mold, and cigarette smoke, smoke from chulhas etc. Outdoor pollution can occur due to emission from industries, power plants, vehicles, burning of crops, forest fires etc.
Typical urban air pollutants from man-made activities includenitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, Sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons, particulate matter etc.
With rising congestion in cities, the pollution in the air gets concentrated. Sometimes, during winters, in northern parts of India, high moisture content and still wind patterns cause the smoke coming from surrounding areas due to crop burning, burning of waste and vehicular emissions to become stagnant and cause smog.
How does our body deal with pollution?
During this time, cough, colds, throat irritation, sneezing, phlegm, asthma are common complaints. These are signs from our body that it is trying to throw out offensive material from the body. The body treats the pollutants as poison and tries to throw it out through sneezing, coughing etc. Phlegm accumulation, asthma, breathing difficulties are more problematic as they signal injury to the respiratory tract due to these pollutants and body tries to cover itself with a mucous layer. These are signs of the body’s defence mechanisms at play.
Is there something we can do?
Body is hard at work to protect us from pollution. But what actions can we take to help the body, the natural way?
While some of the aspects of air pollution are out of our scope for immediate resolution, there is definitely a lot we can do to protect ourselves. We need not feel helpless.
The wise thing to do is to aid the body in its elimination efforts during this time, instead of suppressing these symptoms through medicines.
How can this be achieved?
As the saying goes, we have to manage it or change it. Life is all about choices. We can choose to raise the quality of your life with informed choices as best as we can. Once we start exploring opportunities, a whole new world opens up. Read more in our next blog on pollution, coming soon!!
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09:02 AM | 02-11-2019
Worth reading....Thank youReply
10:41 AM | 01-11-2019
Good piece of information 🖒Reply